Heartbeat Practices - These three practices are implied in the ten that follow
Raising “Intentional & Deliberate”: In Umoja we deeply value intentional and deliberate purposefulness. We should know why we are doing what we do; nothing should be random. This does not mean that learning and teaching is all pre-determined, proscribed, or pre-scripted. We are claiming here that we need to raise our capacity to be intentional and deliberate while creating “live learning” spaces and programs. Doing so helps our faculty engage a conscious dialogue informing their practice and choices, and helps us engender in our students a similar conscious dialogue about their practice and choices.
Ethic of Love–the Affective Domain: When practitioners move with an ethic of love they touch their students’ spirits. Moving with an ethic of love means having a willingness to share ourselves, our stories, our lives, our experiences to humanize and make real the classroom. This leveraging of the affective–emotion, trust, hope, trauma, healing–moves the discourse deliberately as an inroad to the cognitive domain.
Approaching one’s practice with an ethic of love implies a holistic approach—Body, Mind, Spirit. Manifesting: How does the student repro-duce what you do in class with their friends, family, and community? Students should be able to put into practice what they’re learning in your class. They should intentionally bring their learning into the community and share with family, folks that support them, friends who could benefit and be edified by the Umoja consciousness. The practice of manifesting intends to make sure that all of what we do in our programs is applied, connected, and relevant to the students’ lives, and that the learning manifests inside the identity—spirit and mind—of the students. The question: “How is this manifesting in a way that is helping them survive in their daily lives?”– is part of the consciousness of all Umoja practitioners and in turn a part of our students’ consciousness so they can take their learning with them outside our campuses.